PH Navy adds another Unmanned Aerial System(UAS) based from Zambales

PH Navy adds another Unmanned Aerial System(UAS) based from Zambales


The Philippine Navy (PN) is far more reliable with delivery of the advanced fixed-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) provided by the United States.

The capability of the organization to conduxt various missions at sea will be greatly enhanced.

“Whatever missions that we are capable of before, with this system it will expand the coverage of all these missions whether it is for internal security operations, for territorial defense, for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) or even just for maritime law enforcement operations, it will expand it by more than five times,” Navy chief, Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said during the turnover ceremony of eight ScanEagle air vehicles, two launchers, skyhook and ground control station at Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite.

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This is the first fixed UAS to be operated by the PN.

The ScanEagle and its associated equipment, worth USD14.79 million, were acquired through the Maritime Security Initiative Program of the United States.

It was requested by the PN in 2017 and was formalized in February 2019, after a series of dialogues with the Philippines’ Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG-Phil).

With the ScanEagle now in the PN inventory, Bacordo said the Navy now has another option other than its helicopters and radar systems to expand the coverage of its patrols.

“In the area of territorial defense, it will expand our horizon, let’s say if one ship can patrol a certain area in 24 hours, with this system we can cover that same area maybe in just about four hours instead of the usual 24 hours patrols,” he added.

Bacordo also said the ScanEagle can also be used in rapid damage assessment if needed in times of calamities or typhoons.

“With this system we can have this airborne already and have the rapid damage and needs analysis so that our HADR responders can already proceed to the areas where they are most needed,” he added.

Bacordo said data from the ScanEagle are as reliable as those taken from existing PN electro-optical systems or even their radars or surveillance by helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft.

“It’s the same because what it sees in near real-time is what the operator can see in their control stations,” he added.

The ScanEagle UAS is a small, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle primarily can be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions since it provides near real-time coverage and can be launched from both land and aboard PN capital ships. 


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